Japan's Crescent Inc. has been working on a holodeck! Their Immersive Digital Entertainment uses super hi-definition cameras, Virtools (real-time rendering technology) and image analysis software. Takahiko Akiyama of 4D Brain, who assisted on content development, says that the user can see changing images based on their thinking. Created for industry and medicine, it can also be used for entertainment. After checking out the video, we say, "Sign us up, Scotty!"
Pioneer has a new line of affordable home theater and music speakers redesigned by their head engineer Andrew Jones. In addition to a center and floor-standing speaker, they have released the SP-BS22-LR 80 watt Bookshelf Speakers. Features include a 6 component cross over, a new structured surface to their 4" woofer and a custom wave guide to upgrade the efficiency of their Soft Dome tweeter. The speakers are an affordable $129.99.
iHome has gone glitzy with its speaker tower. Bluetooth connectivity eradicates annoying cords and the iP76 has 16 multi-color LED clusters to treat users to a light show with variable colors. Color fade, pulse to music, strobe and favorite color selection makes it even more adaptable. The 36" tall speaker system will hook up to your iPhone/touch, has video outputs for additional connection and comes with remote.
From a top of the line $1,700, 65" home theater display to their L4200U, Toshiba has redesigned much of its HDTV line. The budget friendly 19, 24 and 32" have Audyssey sound, dynamic picture control, auto-brightness and game mode. And, as a special gift, automatic volume adjustment means no more overly loud commercials.There are two HDMI inputs as well as USB and VGA ports for simplified connection. Prices start at $349.99.
We spend most of our time behind our computers, so when the work is done, more often than not we catch up with our movie and TV watching there as well. Now there is a new freeware tool that makes it even easier to listen to/watch streaming media. Install Flutter and it turns your webcam into a controller for ITunes, Spotify, QuickTime and VLC video players. The software recognizes the shape of your hand and will pause or play your audio or video. Available for Windows 7 or Mac, look for future usage with YouTube and Netflix.
iGills Smart Diving System turns your iPhone into a diving computer with automatic logbook that can handle a depth of up to 130 feet. It gives the water temperature and 6 buttons manage in-app navigation. A glass camera port provides taking of stills and 1080p HD video. Other features include a tagged photo album, digital compass and backup flashlight. Compatible with iPhone 3GS, 4 and 4S, it comes with a MSRP of $329.99.
Sony is covering all its bases with its new F800 Walkman. Powered by Android Ice Cream Sandwich 4.0, it comes with pre-installed apps for GPS, email usage and media listening/viewing. With a 3.5" display, it is both WiFi and Bluetooth compatible and comes with earbuds at a starting price of $264.00.
The more affordable E470 is the slimmest Walkman yet at a mere 7mm thick. It features a 2" display, runs on Android, and comes with karaoke mode with lyrics as well as pre-installed games. Prices start at $79.00.
Canon has released three new PIXMA all-in-one printers. All three feature FastFront for simplified changing of paper and ink and can make borderless 6 x 4" prints in less than a minute with a 4,800 x 2,400 dpi resolution. The MG2220 Printer plugs in while the MG3220 and MG4220 are both wireless and compatible with AirPrint, Google Cloud Print and Canon's Easy PhotoPrint mobile app. Expect prices of $69.99, $79.00 and $129.00 respectively.
Heavily into gaming but can't afford the constant fees? GameTanium offers a viable alternative. Verizon Android subscribers can take advantage of the unlimited play for a mere $5.99 monthly after a free 3-day trial. There are over 100 smartphone and 50 tablet games with new ones added all the time. Note that a data plan is needed and depending on which one you have, usage may count towards your allowance.
AT&T will be carrying the Samsung Galaxy S III in patriotic red, white and blue beginning July 29. They will be handling the scarlet smartphone exclusively in 16GB only while Verizon, Spring and T-Mobile will be carrying 16GB and 32GB white and blue models. With a contract, expect to pay $199.99 per phone that features a 4.8" HD AMOLED display, Android 4.0 OS and an 8MP camera built with facial recognition. Pre-ordering is available now.
Microsoft's Windows To Go doesn't just share data between devices, it runs Windows 8 on PCs that only have version 7. The portable USB drive saves settings and apps and makes it simple for taking work home. Unveiled at the recent WPC 2012, the mini-storage stick works on both USB 2.0 and 3.0 and on legacy BIOS and UEFI firmware. Look for its release when Windows 8 becomes accessible for all in October.
With the latest password leak from Yahoo, the 400,000+ email addys came from their older Contributor Network and those who worked for Associated Content prior to May 2010. Sucuri has a handy tool that, once you enter your address, will let you know if yours was accessed.
You can also check other emails as some of the leaks were Gmail, Hotmail, AOL and Comcast.net. If that is the case, they suggest that you change your password, including any that matched others or change all of them with separate passwords.
Any company that goes through this much effort to introduce a product deserves our attention. After you get past the video promo you end up with a melding of Monster sound and Diesel design that includes foldability. The VEKTR headphones are as much about looks as sound. There is hands-free control of music/calls, silkscreened Mohican heads on its ear cups and even a special triangular section that keeps the cable from tangling.
Scientists say that we have only located about 1% of a half million large asteroids that could potentially harm the planet. Ex-NASA staff and Ball Aerospace engineers formed the B612 Foundation in Mountain View, CA. They plan to launch a $200 million Sentinel telescope in 2017, the first privately funded probe. It has an HD camera with small detectors that scan moving objects beginning at 50 meters in diameter. A map is to be made with the images.
Nowhere is there more evidence of instant networking than watching a local story unfold. A man was working on a sewer or water line on Detroit's West side when he got buried up to his neck in dirt. The man is responsive and is wearing an oxygen mask. Another man was also trapped and freed.
Update: The man has been rescued by incredible emergency workers who toiled for about 3 hours to dig through the dirt that seemed never ending. With all the problems the D has seen lately, it is stories like these that renew our faith in humanity and prove that our city workers are worth even more than they earn.
Update: It turns out that there were three originally trapped and that the third man was talking to his rescuers after he was freed and taken to the hospital. It seems odd, after following along for the last three hours, that so many details, like how many were trapped, could have been conflicting.
Where has Polaroid been lately? Designing their new Z2300 Camera with 3" LCD screen and integrated insta-printer with ZINK technology. With a 10 megapixel image sensor and built-in speaker, it can shoot 2 x 3" stills and video that can be uploaded to social media sites. An on-board editing system and lithium-ion battery makes taking pictures super easy. The Z2300 is available in black or white.
Put away that Xbox, Wii and PlayStation as there may soon be a new Android-based game system that begs to be hacked. The Ouya was built by the team of Jawbone Jambox and OLPC designer Yves Behar, connects to a TV and comes with its own development kit. At a price of $99.00, it remains to be seen when/if this console with multiple media advisors comes to a neighborhood near you.
The Belkin AC 1200 Router offers a new generation of WiFi with more extensive coverage and a speed of up to 2.8x faster than N routers. Its dual-band offers up to 300Mbps (2.4GHz) and 867Mbps (5GHz.) The AC 1200 works with PCs, game systems, tablets smartphones or other WiFi devices.
If you go here and see this, run, do not walk to your fave computer professional to remove the DNSChanger malware before Monday, July 9. The malware was first detected in 2007 and spread internationally. The FBI asserts that if you do nothing, you might just lose your interweb connection.
Plug the NTT DoCoMo's Drive Cradle 02 into your cigarette lighter socket and you get a handy GPS unit (stand not included.) Coupled with their Drive Net navigation, the device works with Galaxy Tab, Note and NEC Media Tab N-06D. The Bluetooth cradle charges while plugged in and has Eco-drive diagnostics.
Drobo has two new portable storage arrays for small businesses or home media freaks. The 5D can take on up to 5 drives and an SSD bay to support up to 16 terabytes of data. That's equal to 32 million photos, 4 million tunes, 1 million HD movies or 48 hours of uncompressed HD video. Look for better performance with Dobo's Thunderbolt, USB 3.0 and automated SSD acceleration.
The Drobo Mini is a mere 2" tall, 7" square and weighs less than 3 lbs., but can handle up to four 2.5" drivers with USB 3.0 connectivity. It features a custom, miniaturized power supply and an optional case for carrying around. Both have redesigned hardware and soft ware, and will be available sometime this summer.
Cisco has unveiled its first Linksys Smart WiFi Router with 802.11ac. Backward compatible, the technology provides speeds up to 3 times faster than the current 802.11n. Cisco's Connect Cloud app is included and the router works with a universal media connector that utilizes the 5Ghz band. Hook up to game console or Smart TV and stream HD and 3D HD at the same rapid speed. Look for a holiday release later this year.
Nintendo plans to bring its 3DS XL to the States on August 19. The size of the display has grown by 90% with a 4.88" top screen and the bottom one is 4.18". The life of the battery is slightly improved and it comes in two color combinations of red/black or blue/black. A 4GB SD card is included with the portable game system and the price is set at $199.99. Super Mario Bros. 2 will be released concurrently.
Disguised as a sphere, Google's Nexus Q is their latest contribution for tuneful sharing. With a 4.5" diameter, it connects with Google Music and if you have an Android device you are good to go. There are 32 LEDs that dance to the beat and shift hues for a bit of whimsy. When used with Google play and YouTube apps, view movies and videos, play music and web surf without downloads or syncing. Music Manager allows for uploading of over 20,000 titles. Let's not forget the built-in amplifier and connection to AV receiver or HDTV. Pre-order now for $299.00.